Cranach, the blog of Gene Veith, and search his blog for his desire to make Labor Day a Church Holy Day and to cast its theme in terms of vocation. For those of you who do not know, Veith has become one of the more powerful voices to recapture the Lutheran teaching on vocation and restore its place within our piety -- quite convincingly, I might add.
I must say that I was quite moved by reading Gustaf Wingren's book on Luther's teaching on vocation. It was powerful stuff and, even though I was fortunate enough to have one of the older copies, it is available still in reprint. If you have the money head to Amazon and pick one up pronto. You might also check out some good stuff by John Pless and a few others who have picked up the ball on this.
As some of you might know from this blog, I am somewhat a purist when it regards the church year and creating days and, yet, if there is any focus worthy of a day, this one just might be it. Since it is often a "low" day in terms of attention and attendance, this just might be a good place to address a Christian insight in conjunction with the secular calendar of American holidays.
I vote yes.... what do you think?
I think more Lutheran churches need to establish job networking meetings and support for the unemployed and under-employed. Hopefully, more people will be made more aware of the problems of employment, and support people. Too often, there is a stigma attached to the long-term unemployed, when a number of times, there are factors they cannot control. People need to go beyond the comfort zone of their own families, and support people in need. There seem to be alot of retired people in the LCMS, but they do can help in mentoring people looking for jobs.
More important that Labor Day is
Mother's Day and Father's Day if you
are talking about vocation. The
calling and role of a Christian
mother and father needs emphasis in
our LCMS parishes. A sermon on those
special days which defines Biblical
responsibilities of Christian
parenthood in a Christian home is
needed. Christ-centered preaching
proclaims how He fortifies Christian
mothers and fathers for their task.
Don't we have mothers day and fathers day already in the church calendar? Joseph, Guardian of our Lord and Mary, Mother of our Lord/Mother of God? Or perhaps Father's Day might be hit on Trinity Sunday...
Labor Day is not even remotely about "work" as a vocation. It has a much more specific intent, which is, to celebrate and promote the contributions of workers as distinct from management. Therefore, to remake it in terms of vocation as distinct from clerical vocation is true to neither vocation nor Labor Day.
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